Many of you reading this are in the midst of school shopping, supply lists and open houses. The never ending cycle of the beginning of school is an exciting, sometimes hectic and often times reliving process in the lives of all women. It has recently occurred to me that whether you are a mother, a teacher, or a fellow co-worker, all of us are affected by the start of the school year. I am not sure if it signals the start of a new adventure, the ending of our summer of freedom, or simply the changes of life that this time of year indicates, but the time between the middle of August and labor day weekend has always been a great opportunity for women to gain some introspection and knowledge about their lives and the world around them.
How so, you may ask? First, the beginning of the school year gets us prepared for life. Have we researched our school, and most importantly our teacher (or students)? Do we have all needed pencils and highlighters? Who is getting us to where we have to go and even more importantly, how will we get home? These are all essential questions to determine the direction that our first day will take. Being prepared for school or life means knowing what is expected of us and how we will handle the hurdles thrown in the way.
The first day of school is also filled with differences. Who is in our class this year, and what are they wearing? The differences in families is also apparent at this time and how ours measures up. Do both parents come in? How pictures are taken? Is your Mother “room Mom”? This gives us the opportunity to judge and to be judged. We can choose to accept those different then us, if that means in dress or appearance and learn about them. The other way is to shun them and talk about them as if they had done something wrong. This often times makes us feel better, more comfortable with those “like” us. Let’s hope we can listen, send them love and do the right thing (since this is school) and learn from them.
And lastly, being gone all day means we have new adventures and experiences to share with those important to us. Coming home and being able to truly share the good and the bad of our day is a skill that all children know. They forget however, when they are not listened to, or are made to feel unimportant. What they had for lunch and who they sat with may be the biggest thing in their world, what is the biggest thing in yours? The comfort and sameness of our home, makes the first day of school even more important.
Remember the list of “Everything you need to know you learn in Kindergarten?” I think we can amend this list fellow readers, to “Everything we need to remember, comes from the first day of school.”
Please tell me what you remember from the first day of school this year!!